Becoming a Practitioner
How to Become Registered to Practice Before the USPTO in Patent Matters
All individuals seeking registration must meet the requirements of 37 CFR §11.7, including the possession of legal, scientific and technical qualifications, and good moral character and reputation. Instructions for demonstrating possession of the necessary qualifications can be found in the General Requirements Bulletin. The possession of legal qualifications is ascertained by passing the Registration Exam. Former USPTO employees may be eligible for waiver of the registration examination. Click here for more information.
The Registration Examination
Updates to the Examination for Registration to Practice in Patent Cases
The United States Patent and Trademark Office updated the content of the registration examination on January 24, 2014. The updated examination covers all material referred to in the Source Materials, including the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA).
For more information about the Registration Exam, including source materials, updates, and fees, click here.
Only U.S. citizens or permanent residents can be registered to practice law in patent matters before the Office. 37 CFR §§ 11.6(a) and (b). It has been the long standing practice of the Office to grant limited recognition under 37 CFR § 11.9(b) to nonimmigrant aliens who demonstrate that they are authorized to be employed or trained by a specific employer in the capacity of preparing and prosecuting patent applications. For more information and forms regarding Limited Recognition, click here.